Internet fax is a term for a system that allows users to send and receive faxes over the Internet.
While each of these terms is somewhat interchangeable, they each have a specific meaning that makes them slightly different.
Getting an internet fax system in place depends on the type of Internet fax system that you need to put in place.
Most online fax services are set up by signing up with the provider. All provide a fax number, and some will allow for an existing fax number can be ported over. For enterprise installations, it can be best to have a central administrator who manages users, access, and number allocation.
A fax server needs to be deployed, set up, and configured. Fax servers are normally used in enterprise or dedicated high-volume faxing environments, and each system and scenario are different depending on the individual needs. Typically this is done by an IT department.
A fax machine running the T.38 fax standard (fax over IP) is set up in very much the same way as a traditional fax machine is. However, it is placed on the network by the IT department or IT specialist.
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia – Internet Fax – Wikipedia’s entry on internet fax. Includes various methods of faxing such as VoIP and email.
- How Stuf Works – How Internet Faxing Works – A very quick summary of how internet faxing works.
- Ricoh support – Internet fax transmission – a support document on how to use internet faxing on a Ricoh device.
- Canon manuals – Using Internet Fax (I-Fax) and Configuring Scan Settings (Sending E-mail, Sending & Receiving I-Faxes) – instructions on configuring the I-Fax feature on a Canon device.